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Texas EPA Czar Fights for Lizards over Texas Jobs Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Apr 25, 2011, 08:19 pm

Armendariz Lizard.jpgPresident Barack Obama’s Texas Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) czar, Dr. Al Armendariz, a professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx., believes that saving a few sand dune lizards is more important than protecting the jobs of oil and gas workers in the Lone Star state. Nevertheless, many people living in the Permian Basin region of Texas are not too thrilled about Armendariz’s most recent directive that would eliminate oil and gas wells on their land.

Ben Shepperd, president of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, issued this public statement on the issue that could potentially devastate the Texas economy:

Dear PBPA Friend:

I write to provide information on a public rally and public hearing scheduled for later this month in Midland , and I respectfully appeal for your attendance at both. 

The issue at hand is the proposal by the Obama Administration to list as federally endangered the “Dunes Sagebrush Lizard,” or sand dune lizard.  Critics believe this proposal is an entirely politically motivated move to hurt the energy industry in America .  Regardless, the listing of the sand dune lizard under the federal Endangered Species Act could devastate oil and gas production in the Permian Basin for at least two years.  Production in the following counties would be among the worst impacted:  Gaines, Andrews, Ward, Winkler and Crane in Texas , and Lea, Chaves, Eddy and Otero in New Mexico .

The Permian Basin Petroleum Association will hold a public rally in downtown Midland at Centennial Plaza at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, to educate folks about the issue and generate enthusiasm for opposition to this proposed listing.  Please attend and bring everyone in your office whose jobs could be threatened by the potential eradication of oil and gas production in the above-named counties. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public information session and public hearing on the matter on Wednesday, April 27, at the Midland Center .  The public information session will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and more importantly, the public hearing will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at which time speakers may provide two minutes of public testimony.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also hold identical meetings the following day, Thursday, April 28, in Roswell , New Mexico .

In the coming days, the PBPA will be advising you more specifically on the actions it has taken and is taking to defeat this effort.

It, frankly, is unbelievable to me that in a time when America is fighting at least two wars in the Middle East, offshore drilling in America has been severely diminished in the wake of the BP oil spill last year, the price of a barrel of WTI hovers at more than $110 and the price of a gallon of gas is close to $4 in some states, and the recession is still in full bloom, the federal government would propose such an act. 


I thank you in advance of your support of our efforts to defeat this effort to hurt the energy industry and I look forward to your joining us to help achieve that goal.

Please mark your calendars for April 26 and 27 for these sand dune lizard events.  Please also consider attending the Roswell meeting as well. Let’s help show the federal government that American jobs are an endangered species, too.


Ben Shepperd


Permian Basin Petroleum Association

P.O. Box 132

Midland, Texas   79702


Ph: 432-684-6345

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written by RufusLevin , April 26, 2011



written by furrpiece , April 26, 2011

This effort to shut down oil and gas production in the Permian Basin is clearly another sinister move by the Obama Administration to further reduce much-needed oil supplies and cost jobs in Texas.

It will also contribute to higher prices for gas, and therefore food and medicine and other necessities.

Obama's war on Texas has been ongoing and escalating; first because it is a right-to-work state with no income tax, and second to punish Texas because it didn't vote for him last time, and wouldn't vote for him this time.

Obviously, sand dune lizards have coexisted with the oil and gas operations for decades, and are not in short supply. The drought isn't helping them, but they actually lick condensation off of oil pipes for water when they need to.

The additional damage from shutting down operations in the Permian Basin would be the loss to retirement and pension programs that include stock held by ordinary people who helped to finance exploration and production.

Anyone who claims Obama is not trying to raise the price of oil and gas by shutting down supplies, and make us more dependent on foreign oil, isn't paying attention. First the Gulf, next offshore in Alaska, and now targeting the Permian Basin. These are related, and are not accident.

written by Ken Dickson , April 26, 2011

We haven't heard of such an attack on freedom since Dunkirk! How do we get rid of this idiot? Every week we have another directive from this nut to shut down America!

written by Jack , April 26, 2011

You paranoid righties are an astounding mixture of ignorance, gullibility and plain ol' stupidity. Oh, and most of you who hate Obama are racists, too.

written by Scott Cameron , April 26, 2011

Armendariz is a fake, a liar much like Sharon Wilsom, a left wing communist who heads Earthworks Oil and Gas Accountability Group and uses her state paid position in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of North Texas to promote her left wing agenda and has inside dealings with Armendariz, another left wing nut and communist. This people are power hungry communists pure and simple.

written by RufusLevin , April 26, 2011

You don't know JACK....Jack.

written by Ken Dickson , April 27, 2011

The Board of Regents of both SMU as well as North Texas should both be fired for allowing these Leftists on the payroll! This must stop now or we will be in the Stone Age before the real Racist, Obama is out of office!...Oh, Praise that day!

written by g , April 28, 2011

Guess the cockroaches are not endangered. They seem to be running the government these days.

written by Jim , April 30, 2011

You are so short-sighted. Of course saving an animal from extinction is more important than saving a few jobs now, especially when it concerns a fossil fuel that is running out anyway. Get over it and focus on finding alternative energy sources that will create real sustainable jobs. Jobs and energy sources can be replaced, but an extinct species (and whatever other species are dependent on it) will be lost forever.

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